Bacon and G-ds Wrath Wins at Sundanceby Natalie Jacobs January 27, 2016
This week in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival has been pushing the envelope on independent films. You probably heard that one film already received a record-crushing deal from Fox, worth $17.5 million. While there are always high profile winners coming out of a much-talked about festival like Sundance, there are also tons of powerful, hilarious, emotional and vibrant films that go on to make waves, albeit softer ones. Among that list is Sol Friedman’s “Bacon & G-d’s Wrath” which won the Short Film Jury Award for Non-fiction.
The short documentary also showed at the Toronto International Film Festival last summer, where it was described as an “endearing and playful mixed-media docu-collage,” that follows 90-year-old Razie and her “discovery of ‘the Google'” which “leads her to a reckoning with her lifelong Jewish faith.”
This year’s Shorts jurors for Sundance were star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Keegan-Michael Key; development executive at Amazon Studios, Gina Kwon; and chief film critic for MTV, Amy Nicholson.
Here is the full list of winners from this award:
The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to: Thunder Road / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings) — Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction was presented to: The Procedure / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder) — A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.
The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was presented to: Maman(s) / France (Director and screenwriter: Maïmouna Doucouré ) — Life is disrupted for eight-year-old Aida when her father returns with a young Senegalese woman, Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Sensitive to her mother’s distress, Aida decides to get rid of the new visitor.
The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was presented to: Bacon & God’s Wrath/ Canada (Director: Sol Friedman) — A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to: Edmond / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Nina Gantz) — Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong—maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance was presented to: Grace Glowicki for her performance in Her Friend Adam.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction was presented to: Peacock / Czech Republic (Director: Ondřej Hudeček, Screenwriters: Jan Smutny, Ondřej Hudeček) — A twisted queer romance set in picturesque 19th-century Bohemia tells the true story of the birth of one of the nation’s most influential writers, with suspense, laughter, violence, hope, nudity, sex, and a happy ending—mostly a happy ending.